Actor reveals secret to getting Nigel Farage right on the small screen

Written by Rod Muir on 24 October 2016 in Culture

Kevin Bishop plays the Ukip leader in an upcoming BBC comedy.

The key to sounding like Nigel Farage is to smoke lots of cigarettes, according to the man who plays the Ukip leader in a new BBC mockumentary.

Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back will air on BBC2 on Sunday 30th October. It follows the former Ukip leader's exploits after he stepped down in the wake of the EU referendum result.

Farage has previously pledged to allow smoking in pubs and he took up the habit again earlier this year, declaring: "I think the doctors have got it wrong on smoking."

Now actor and impersonator Kevin Bishop has revealed how he perfected the voice - through cigarettes.

““I smoked like 20 cigarettes a day. If you don't have a rasp in your voice - which I don't normally - you just can't do it no matter how good an impersonator you are.

“I've had to put it through the mangle."

Bishop also suggested that Farage would not be too upset by the way he is portrayed on the small screen.

“I can't imagine he'd be upset or hurt. I mean a few things might ruffle his feathers but as I found from portraying people in the past initially they might be kind of put out but I find that they often eventually reach out to me and say 'ooh you bugger you did get me'."

As things stand the programme is a one-off, which means there are no plans yet to delve into the potentially fractious relationship that will exist between Farage and the next Ukip leader – likely to be Paul Nuttal, Suzanne Evans or Raheem Kassam.





Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back will air on BBC2 on Sunday 30th October at 10:00pm


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